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Publisher's Summary

This book provides clear, concise answers to the following questions:


What is it for one event to cause another?
Under what conditions are causal claims warranted?
What are the different kinds of causation?
Does knowledge of physical law presuppose knowledge of instances of causation, or is it the other way around?
What is the relationship between counterfactual knowledge and causal knowledge?
Is it true, as it is so often alleged to be, that discovery and justification are categorically distinct?
What are the merits, if any, of Hume's analysis of causation?
What is the solution to the Raven Paradox?
What is the difference between statistical and explanatory probability?
What is probabilistic causation and why must its existence be granted?

©2016 John-Michael Kuczynski (P)2016 John-Michael Kuczynski
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By SCOTT on 09-26-16

one of the two or three best philosophy books

Would you listen to Causation again? Why?

I've already listened to it three times. there is so much there

Who was your favorite character and why?

the main one.

What does Michael Hatak bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

he actually kept it light.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

impressed by the author's intellect

Any additional comments?

if you read one philosophy book (or listen to one such book), make this one

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By David on 09-25-16

Beyond all belief brilliant

What made the experience of listening to Causation the most enjoyable?

The most thorough, clear, and insightful book on causality known to me.

What other book might you compare Causation to and why?

The Analysis of Matter by Bertrand Russell, because Causation by K. compares favorably.

What aspect of Michael Hatak’s performance would you have changed?

He didn't understand the material and his sentences were therefore off.

What’s the most interesting tidbit you’ve picked up from this book?

That there is such a thing as probabilistic causation.

Any additional comments?

The author is an absolute genius.

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5 of 6 people found this review helpful

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By Kip on 09-28-16

best book out there on causality

What did you like most about Causation?

the fast pace, the clarity, the scope

Who was your favorite character and why?

not relevant since non-fiction

What aspect of Michael Hatak’s performance might you have changed?

he didn't understand the material, got tired towards the middle

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

yes, the discussion of counterfactual conditionals

Any additional comments?

better than just about anything any contemporary philosopher has written

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4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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